The smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablet, which was originally rumored as the new iPad Air 3, may be more expensive than the iPad Air 2. Latest rumors say that the device might sell for more than $500 but will come with a bigger internal storage capacity than the current iPad Air 2.
According to a report by 9to5 Mac, sources close to the production process and the release plans of Apple tipped that the Cupertino-based company will be selling the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro starting at $599. Comparing the rumored price of the new device to the current iPad Air 2, it is $100 higher, as the latter is currently available for $499.
The 9.7-inch model of the upcoming iPad Pro is said to have built-in internal storage capacity of 32GB. On the other hand, the iPad Air 2 might only have 16GB internal storage capacity. The $599 9.7-inch iPad Pro is said to only be the basic Wi-Fi only model.
Apple will also reportedly sell a different variant of the iPad Pro128GB built-in internal storage and premium support for LTE cellular networks. However, the report did not specify the price of the premium LTE variant.
The long rumored 9.7-inch iPad Pro is expected to be launched at an upcoming company event of Apple, which will be held on Monday, March 21. It is expected to sport a set of hardware specifications greatly similar to that of the original and bigger iPad Pro tablet built in stereo speakers on all four sides, support for the new Apple Pencil, a Smart Keyboard connected via a Smart Connector, and a 12- megapixel main camera with 4K video recording capabilities.
Aside from the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the new iPhone SE is also expected to be launched at the event.